PM inaugurates six-lane: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the six-lane widening project of the Varanasi – Prayagraj section of NH-19 in Varanasi on 30th November.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said “we are now seeing the outcome of the work of connectivity along with the beautification of Kashi done in the past”. He added that the unprecedented work has been done on new highways, pull-flyovers, widening of roads to reduce traffic jams in and around Varanasi.
After PM inaugurates six-lane widening project, he told that due to the modern connectivity expansion in the area it will greatly benefit the farmers. He said, over the years, efforts have been made to create infrastructure like cold storage along with modern roads in the villages. A fund of 1 lakh crore rupees has also been created for this.
The Prime Minister cited an example of how the farmers are benefiting from the government’s efforts and modern infrastructure. He said black rice was introduced 2 years ago in Chandauli to increase the income of the farmers. Last year, a farmer committee was formed and around 400 farmers were given this rice to grow in the Kharif season. While normal rice sells for Rs 35-40 a kg, this black rice was sold for up to Rs 300 a kg. For the first time, this rice has been exported to Australia, that too at the rate of around Rs. 800 per kg.
The Prime Minister said India’s agricultural products are famous all over the world. He asked why not farmers should get the benefit of higher price and access to the big market. He told new facilities have been provided to the farmers such as agricultural reforms, new options and new legal protection and also at the same time, the old system can be continued if someone chooses to stay with that.
He said, earlier transactions outside the mandi were illegal but now the small farmer can take legal action on the transactions not only inside but also outside the mandi.